Enhancing Sub-orbital Tech Advancement through Automated Control of High-def Video Systems

PI: Steven Collicott, Purdue University

Suborbital flight experiments often rely on video to monitor experiment operations and record data, providing proper context for or history of different events in the mission to aid post-flight assessments. Researchers at Purdue University are Enhancing Suborbital Technology Advancement Through Automated Control of High-Definition Video Systems. They will test a handheld video control system consisting of a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) GoPro camera and COTS components for voice control of the system on a parabolic flight. It will utilize voice recording and playback as well as multiple camera modes and capabilities.

Technology Areas (?)
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Problem Statement

Putting small, lightweight, high-definition (HD) cameras to work in support of suborbital flight experiments is a quandary for many researchers flying payloads on commercial vehicles. The latest (HD) video systems are cheap for consumer markets but are generally limited to fingertip control. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi control help, but electro-magnetic interference concerns often prohibit use of these methods in flight vehicles. Scientific cameras, controllable via wired Internet and other protocols, are substantially larger, heavier, and more expensive. These three qualities and the frequent lack of on-board micro-standard definition (SD) card recording render them unattractive for many spaceflight technology advancement payload programs.

Technology Maturation

Researchers will test a GoPro Hero-8 with built-in audio control—a feature the principal investigator (PI) showed could be activated by recorded voice commands in ground testing. The parabolic flight test will be a one-person, handheld experiment. Successful proof of operations in weightlessness, and in the noisy airplane cabin, will enable many researchers to improve their own experiments cost effectively by using the HD camera.

Future Customers

•Researchers on parabolic and suborbital flights
•Commercial parabolic and suborbital flight providers

Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    TechFlights20 (Sep 2020)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 1 Parabolic

Development Team

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